||Robert Baldwin of
Kentucky is the proud owner of a compass with a mysterious past.
First, a few basics about the compass. It is a pre-1880 Gurley
compass that has further engravings on the face indicating that it was
sold by Queen & Co. and the base plate is fully plated, probably in
nickel, rather than being bare brass.
Now for the mystery. His
father was tearing down an old house in the early 1960's and discovered
this compass with its box and "jacob" staff hidden in a wall,
fully plastered over and long forgotten. The obvious questions are
why, when and by whom.
you have an idea about the circumstances and events that may have led up
to the fascinating mystery of this compass. Why not compose a
short fictional story about it and submit it to the Curator!
We plan to post as many of these stories as space will
never know the actual story of this compass, but our imagination can